Item #15444 Eccentricity and the Cultural Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Paris. Miranda Gill.
Eccentricity and the Cultural Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Eccentricity and the Cultural Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Paris

London and New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover in Dust Jacket.

No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal shelf handling; Still Gift Quality. 8v0; 8.75 inches tall; 328 pages with an index and bibliography; a few intext illustrations.

Fine / Fine. Item #15444
ISBN: 9780199543281

"The depth and richness of this interdisciplinary study is remarkable...[Gill] makes a most valuable contribution to the humanities at large. Linguistics, historians, literary critics, philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, and anyone else even vaguely interested in human nature will find a trove of pertinent information, well analyzed and interpreted in this exquisitely written book." --H-France

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This interdisciplinary study charts shifting French perceptions of the anomalous and bizarre from the 1830s to the fin de siècle, focusing on three key issues.

First, during the July Monarchy eccentricity was linked to fashion dandyism, and commodity culture; to many Parisians it epitomized the dangerous seductions of modernity and the growing prestige of the courtesan.

Second, in the aftermath of the 1848 Revolution eccentricity was associated with the Bohemian artists and performers who inhabited 'the unknown Paris', a zone of social exclusion which middle-class spectators found both fascinating and repugnant.

Finally, the popularization of medical theories of national decline in the latter part of the century led to decreasing tolerance for individual difference, and eccentricity was interpreted as a symptom of hidden insanity and deformity.

Drawing on a wide range of sources, including etiquette manuals, fashion magazines, newspapers, novels, and psychiatric treatises, the study highlights the central role of gender in shaping perceptions of eccentricity. It provides new readings of works by major French writers and illuminates both well-known and neglected figures of Parisian modernity, from the courtesan and Bohemian to the female dandy and circus freak.

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